Power forward Jayson Tatum served as leader of the Boston Celtics by contributing 22 points and eight rebounds in the game who won by beating 116-86 against the decimated Charlotte Hornets.
The French forward Evan Fournier scored four triples and 17 points in his best game so far with Boston and the pivot Robert Williams finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, which also helped the Celtics to their second straight victory.
The Celtics lost by nine in the first quarter before taking command in the third, beating the Hornets 40-27 for a 28-point lead. Boston hit 21 triples, in addition to playing great defense starting in the second quarter.
The victory allowed the Celtics to put their mark at 25-25, but they remained eighth in the Eastern Conference, right on the edge of the playoff spots.
The escort Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 22 points and seven assists., which were not enough to avoid defeat.
Point guard Devonte Graham added 11 points, but could not be a winning factor either due to the lack of scoring inspiration he suffered, like the rest of his teammates. The 30-point loss is the worst of the season for the Hornets.
Charlotte’s team, which entered the game as the leader of the Southeast Division, is now 25-14 and dropped to third place in the standings as they were overtaken by the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat, both 26-4. 24, and day of rest.
The Hornets also fell to sixth place in the Eastern Conference., a half game behind the Hawks and Heat, who rank fourth and fifth, respectively.
harlotte they played without three of their top scorers how are the rookie point guard LaMelo Ball (right wrist fracture), the shooting guard-forward Malik Monk (sprained right ankle) and the franchise forward Gordon hayward (right foot sprain), who will miss at least four weeks of competition.
The Hornets are 5-3 since Ball’s injury on March 20, but have lost two of their last three games, with two more to play on a six-game road trip.
Hayward’s injury prevented his first chance to play against his former team after he turned down a player option with the Celtics last offseason and was traded to the Hornets, ending his disjointed three-year stint in Boston.